Friday, 5 February 2016


The John Ruskin PrizeRecording Britain Now: Society

26 February — 17 April 2016
Floor 4

Sally CutlerRichmond, North Yorkshire Heads, 2011, 90 x 65 x 3 cm, multi-block
linocut and lead type. Image courtesty the artist and The John Ruskin Prize.

Timothy Betjeman, David Borrington, Jessie Brennan, Julian Bovis, Sally Cutler, Nathan Ford, Stephanie Grainger, Anne Guest, Susie Hamilton, Peter Haugh, Michelle Heron, Michael Johnson, Oliver Jones, Tony Kenyon, Myles Linley, Graham Martin, Julia Midgley, Joe Munro, Dominic Negus, Laura Oldfield Ford, Cherry Pickles, Hilary Powell, Teresa Robertson, Robin Sukatorn, Emily Vanns, Nettie Wakefield, Emma Wilde, Georgia Wisbey, Duncan Wood, Tanya Wood

The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to be the first West Midlands venue to host the prestigious John Ruskin Prize. Now in its third year, this open exhibition invites artists, both emerging and established from across the UK, to respond to the theme, Recording Britain Now: Society.

From hundreds of entrants, thirty artists have been selected for the shortlist exhibitions, taking place at The New Art Gallery Walsall,
26 February – 17 April 2016 and The Electrician’s Shop Gallery, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, 6 – 22 May 2016.


6pm - 8pm
Thursday 25 February
Friends, family and colleagues welcome
Please join us for the preview of the exhibition at The New Art Gallery Walsall, where the prize winners will be announced:

1st Prize £5,000
2nd Prize £2,000
Student Prize £1,000

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Monday, 23 June 2014

Fellow reversed artist : Craig Hawkins

Someone elses back of the head drawings. 'notice series'. Interesting way of looking at it. 


This series is composed of sixteen nontraditional portraits; each life-size drawing is of a person’s head back and shoulders. The charcoal drawings are mounted on canvas that sits on the wall like a stage, unsheltered by glass. The Notice series all started with a simple question: “If I walked into a room filled with these portraits, would I feel ignored?” The opposite happened. After the first four portraits were complete, I submitted them for critique. Instead of being ignored, those viewing the work for the first time felt they were sharing a gaze as part of a group. They have a unifying effect for the viewer. The white space connected each portrait and can be read as a marvelous light in the spiritual realm or a white void of nothingness. The presence of the group became an invitation to look. The common experience of waiting in a checkout line provided the opportunity to really examine the portraits and get to know the subject in an intimate space. Like arriving at the conclusion that one of these subjects could own a cat or dog based on the animal hair present on their shirt,
viewers could become part of the group while remaining the voyeur.  I realized that creating the sense of the anonymous gives the viewer permission to safely join the group, engage, and project one's self into the work. The anonymity becomes a capacitor for reflection. The content was open enough for the viewer to project his or her own assumptions to questions that were unanswered. What are they looking at? What are they waiting for? Who are they? Then more questions arose: What do people ignore? Why? What do they notice? Why? As a whole the series became a series of questions. When displayed as a group a viewer or group of viewers multiply and sustain the work. It’s repetitive. Looking at the back of someone looking at the back of someone else, etc., looking toward infinity. To disengage the piece and walk away sets you apart from the group. There’s a certain inclusive versus exclusive experience that intrigues me.  There’s a concealed identity, a veiling, plus a personal and public duality that led my research forward to the Box series.

- Craig Hawkins 2009

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

New things added on NETTIEWAKEFIELD.NET

 My watercolour crushed can works. See the rest of the 'discarded' series : HERE

New Magazine features added on Nettie

See the rest HERE

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

crushed cig works


Peter Blake 

just found this on google but love it.